OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
GAME BAR
a gathering spot for grownups where old games are available
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
BRAIN WAVE CAT EARS
cutting-edge tech joins Japan’s “fetish” (moe) culture
Gyudon(beef-on-rice bowl)
牛丼
Sake(Japanese rice wine)
日本酒
Character bento
キャラ弁
Karaoke
カラオケ
Gohtoku-ji
豪徳寺
Scramble crossing
スクランブル交差点
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Ramen Museum
ラーメン博物館
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Public market
公設市場
Okinawa soba
沖縄そば
Taketomi Island
竹富島
Finland
Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing
United Kingdom
Eternal Sonata
Japan
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
United Kingdom
Sailor Moon
Natural kawaii with new balance for future fashion.
Toybox kawaii shop shows people power.
Harajuku girl leads next-generation kawaii.
Cute community character promotes local charms.
Modern jikatabi
モダン地下足袋
Stay at Machiya
京町家ステイ
Inspiration of Buddha Statues
仏像
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
Metal tableware
金属食器
Candycrafts
あめ細工
Department store basement
デパ地下
Daruma
達磨
URUSHI
漆芸
RICE CAKES
WHISKY
ウイスキー
KATSUOBUSHI
鰹節
TABAIMO
Nerhol
TAKU OBATA
KOHEI NAWA
SANJA MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
KYUDO
弓道
JUDO
柔道
KENDO
剣道
KARATEDO
空手
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
e-Sports
e-Sports
GAME CENTER
GAME CENTER
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
SHOGI
SHOGI